The stunning part of the conference was learning – as part of casual conversation during breaks, meals, and other socializing time – how many rich people are planning for the eventual collapse of European society.
I keep reading articles about how the high ups are cleaning out the banks in Europe, while the average guy in the street is limited to removing $1300 out of any of their accounts. Pretty quick all the Euros will be gone and things will be shaking in Europe.
We have several Europeans that keep places in our rural community. They hunt & fish when here, but live most the year in Germany or Switzerland. They tell me you Alaskans have no idea how much freedom you all have. So many taxes over there that limit one from doing anything that is not considered what is right for everybody. They also claim crime is going nuts and cheap pistols can be bought for $100 bucks all over Europe. Most of the Euros are OK, left wing, but the more time they spend here the more they realize and admit their Euro socialism is going to be the end of them. The Germans hate the Turks in their country and on and on. One German guy (Klaus from outside Cologne) alwasy gives me a few laughs. Kinda a can do about anything guy and plays around welding this and that. He told me if you even make any changes from say a stock vehicle, like a hitch, you must pay several hundreds dollars in taxes every new year. Nutty I'd say and he agrees too. One thing I'll say about them Germans, pretty smart bunch of people, they will always be on top too when it's all said and done.